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An ubu tachi by the second generation Yoshimitsu, signed, Bishu Osafune Yoshimitsu, and dated Onin ni nen hachi gatsu hi (a day in August 1468).  Hawatare:  2 shaku 0 sun 4 bu (61.82 cm / 24.34").  Motohaba:  3.38 cm.  Sakihaba:  2.3cm.  Kasane:  7.3 mm. Gunome choji, ko-midare, tobi yaki, ashi iri, sunagashi, nado. Itame with utsure.  Rated Josaku in  Nihon Toko Jiten - Koto Hen, by Fujishiro; valued at  4,500,000 yen in Toko Taikan, by Tokuno, with a sharpness rating of Wazamono; Yumei Koto Taikan; Nihonto Zuikan - Koto.  NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon; Sayagaki by Tanobe Michihiro.  As of 2000, there were three juyo by Yoshimitsu, two with the second generation's title and one without that of the first generation.  

Austere, high quality samurai koshirae.  Black lacquer saya, iron Higo fuchi-kashira, leather tsukamaki, and a very good nerikawa tsuba.  The one piece tachi habaki is solid gold (note the several test cuts on the bottom).

During the Sengoku period (country at war),  Bizen school  generally made 3 section of swords, Zokumyo style, which is the most nice quality blade, regular swords, and mass productive items.   However, Yoshimitsu (長船賀光) is different, he didnít make Zokumyo style sword, he made two differing grades of swords, very fine swords that were generally custom orders, and course swords for general battlefield use.   Generally, but not always, the custom blades included his title.  Though even examples of his regular signature, there are high ranking swords.   This tachi is a good example of his fine work.  This piece was made during the Onin war (1467-1477).       $8,500

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Utsure and shallow tate ware

 

Lacquered leather tsuba

 

Tsuka with plain iron Higo fuchi-kashira

 

Solid Gold Habaki

Cuts to Check if Solid or Gold Plate

 

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon

 

     

Sayagaki

Bizen Kuni Osafune Yoshimitsu

Six charater long signature made Onin 4th year / Valuable important Tokubetsuhozon Kantei

Two shaku four bu

Tanobe  Michihiro Signature

 

 

   

Yumei Koto Taikan 

 

 

     

Nihonto Zuikan - Koto  

 

 

      

Toko Taikan

 

  

Nihonto Jiten-Koto Hen

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